Religious Education

Religious Education for School-Aged Children

Parish families are invited enroll their children in our Sunday morning or Tuesday afternoon Religious Education Program, or to contact the parish Catechetical Office to discuss participating in the Family-Based Religious Education Program.

Registration Information:

 Families who are new to the parish…welcome!   Please be sure to fill out a parish membership form, or indicate on your Religious Education Program Registration Form if you would like us to begin the process for you.

All parish families should complete a program registration form.  Deadline for registering is July 30thPlease note that a $25 late fee (per child) will apply for forms received after July 30th.  Late fees will not apply to families who are new to the area.

Registration fee for 2016-2017  is $125 for one child, $200 for two children with a maximum of $250 per family.  If the fee is a financial hardship for your family, please contact Janet Natale, Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) at JanetNatale@mtcimmaculate.org or 973-744-5650 x 118.  Your information will be held in confidence.

Each child must have a Baptismal Certificate on file if not baptized at Immaculate Conception.  Please submit a copy of your child’s certificate if necessary.

Choose the program option you prefer (Sunday, or Tuesday classroom or Family-Based).  See below for detailed information on each.

Indicate on your form your choice of pick-up for your child, if applicable.  Please note that children in K through 2nd grade must be picked up at their classrooms by a parent or guardian.

  • Every family is expected to volunteer in some capacity in our program. The list of opportunities may be found on the Religious Education registration form. Your support is essential to the operation of the Religious Education Program, Sacrament Preparation Programs, and Parish Mission Work. Your involvement is welcome and needed!
  • All parish families should complete a program registration form. Please register online : HERE or complete a hard-copy registration form which may be obtained at the Parish Center, 1 Munn Street. Deadline for registering is July 30th. After July 30th, a $25.00 late fee (per child) will be assessed. Please note that children are assigned to open classes on a first come/ first served basis.

Please call ahead to the Parish Center to verify hours (973-744-5650) if you’d like to register in person.

  Family-Based Religious Education Program:

Recognizing that the family is the foundation for all faith formation, our parish offers a program for any family who believes their child’s religious education will be served best by working at home.  Parents and guardians are expected to proclaim the Gospel message through lifestyle as well as instruction, and place a priority on helping their child nurture a personal relationship with God.

Families who are interested in taking this option should contact the parish Catechetical Office to arrange for an interview with Janet Natale, Parish Catechetical Leader by email: JanetNatale@mtcimmaculate.org or call 973-744-5650 x 118  to discuss the possibility.

General Requirements:

  • Weekly Mass Attendance
  • Parent will uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Timely completion of textbook chapter material
  • Attendance at three large group meetings during the upcoming year
  • Parent commitment to ongoing personal faith development
  • Family commitment to participating in family-based gatherings and events
  • Complete registration requirements

Sunday Morning Classroom Program Information:

  • Offered for Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Runs from September through late April/early May
  • Sunday mornings
  • Conducted in Tegakwitha Hall (parish school building at 17 Munn St.)
  • Grades K – 7th use RCL Benziger’s, Be My Disciples textbooks;  8th grade use “Chosen” by Ascension Press
  • All families are needed to help with hall monitoring 2-3 times per year. We will coordinate this effort through the Catechetical Office you will be contacted via email by the Program Assistant
  • Every family is expected to volunteer in some capacity in our program. The list of opportunities may be found on the Religious Education registration form. Your support is essential to the operation of the Religious Education Program, Sacrament Preparation Programs, and Parish Mission Work. Your involvement is welcome and needed!

 

Tuesday Afternoon Classroom Program Information:

  • Offered for 4th and 8th grades (as of 5/24/16)
  • Runs from September through late April/early May
  • Tuesday Afternoons 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Conducted in Parish Center(1 Munn Street) 3rd Floor (Enter at lower level ramp to St. Gianna Molla Chapel)
  • Grade 4 use RCL Benziger’s, Be My Disciples textbooks; 8th grade uses “Chosen” by Ascension Press
  • As catechists become available, more classes will be offered.
  • We offer many volunteer opportunities that support the parish community and faith formation of our children. Please be sure you have completed and submitted your preference with your registration materials, indicating how you would like to help.

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